Force and Choice

Linguistics and Philosophy 45 (4):873-910 (2022)
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Abstract

Some utterances of imperative clauses have directive force—they impose obligations. Others have permissive force—they extend permissions. The dominant view is that this difference in force is not accompanied by a difference in semantic content. Drawing on data involving free choice items in imperatives, I argue that the dominant view is incorrect.

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Sam Carter
Rutgers - New Brunswick (PhD)

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